5 Ways to Save Money on Your Move
Moving can be expensive and many of us want to stick to a budget when we have to move. We’ve written several posts that compare moving options, and how to price out each option to help people through the process of planning their move, because the bottom line is that most people want to save money where they can when moving. (Click here to see a few of those posts)
We’ve helped thousands of Canadians move over the years, and during that time we’ve learned that the most important factors to our customers when they’re moving are:
1) Good customer service
2) Trusting their belongings will arrive at their new home safely
3) Getting a fair price.
These are all understandable expectations, and we work hard to meet or exceed them with each for our customers. But, whether or not you choose BigSteelBox as your moving company, we still want to help you save money on your move. Here are a few of the top ways we’ve found you can cut costs when moving:
1. Do the Packing Yourself
Packing is probably the most time consuming part of the job, but it’s one part of a move that most of us can handle, and will save you money. Even if you’ll still need to hire professionals to help you move larger pieces (like furniture and mattresses), packing up all your smaller items will cut costs if you’re being charged an hourly rate by a moving or packing company. The key is to be organized and to prepare as far in advance as you can.
As soon as you know you’ll be moving, start collecting boxes and packing materials. There are a number of ways to get free cardboard packing boxes, such as retail stores. Check out this post for a detailed list of places to find free moving boxes: Where To Buy Moving Boxes (And Get Them For Free)
Packing yourself will not only save money, but it will also help during the unpacking process because you’ll know where everything is. Plus, you’ll be have peace of mind knowing your things were packed properly. Labelling or colour coding your boxes will help keep things organized and make unpacking easier.
For more tips and tricks for packing, check out this post: Top 6 Packing Hacks to Make Your Move Easier
2. Use Your Own Packing Materials
It’s important to properly wrap and protect your things when packing, whether it’s large pieces of furniture or small picture frames and collectables. Of course you can purchase moving supplies like packing paper and bubble wrap, and rent moving blankets, but this is another place you may be able to save some money.
If you’re not worried about old comforters, blankets or sleeping bags getting a little dirty in the process, use them to wrap furniture and valuables. Additionally, this applies to smaller items, like dishes and glassware. Save newspapers or use your bath towels and tea towels to wrap your breakable items. It will save you money on renting or buying moving blankets and bubble wrap, and also means you don’t have to pack the blankets and towels separately in another box, which saves on space - it’s a win-win!
3. Purge Some Stuff with a Garage Sale or Consignment
Again, the key to making this tip work is to prepare early – get on it as soon as you know you’re going to be moving. Sort through the stuff in your basement and garage and pull out things you no longer use or need, such as electronics, furniture, kitchenware, kids toys, bikes, etc. It’s also a good time to go through closets for clothing and shoes you no longer want.
If the weather and timing permits, plan a garage or yard sale, and be sure to price things to sell! It’s also a good idea to post ads on Kijiji or your local classified site, and make a post on Facebook.
If there isn’t time for a garage sale or you’re moving in the middle of winter, look into consignment options in your city. There are often consignment stores for clothing and furniture, which will give you up to 40% of the sale price (the percentage back will vary from store to store).
Purging some of your stuff will cut down on the amount of stuff you have to pack, and the space you’ll need to move it (and it’s great to declutter when staging and trying to sell your home!). So, you may need to rent a smaller moving truck or it may mean less trips back and forth between houses. Plus, you could even make a little money in the process!
4. Moving with BigSteelBox? Save Money on Delivery Costs
Many of our customers choose to move with us for the convenience and flexibility of having a BigSteelBox delivered to their home, having it there to pack at their pace, and then getting us to move it to their new home. However, there may be instances when loading the Box at the BigSteelBox yard makes sense and saves you some money.
Long Distance Moves
With 18 full-service BigSteelBox stores across Canada, we can easily, efficiently and affordably move you to a new city or province. However, if you’re looking to save a little money on your long distance move, bringing your items to a BigSteelBox location and loading your Box at our yard can save you the cost of delivery and a loaded move. It will mean you have to transport your things to our location with your own vehicle, but if this is a more cost effective method for you, we are happy to accommodate it.
In addition, for customers who are moving long distance and need a second, smaller Box (8’ or 10”) in addition to their 20’ Box, loading some of their items in the smaller Box at the BigSteelBox yard may work best for them. For smaller loads especially, it can be more convenient and affordable to bring your things to our yard. This option will save you some money on the local transport of the Box, but it still gives you the peace of mind knowing your things are stored safely at our facility, and offers the flexibility of having the Box delivered to your new home at a later date.
When You Need Storage In Between Homes
It’s very common for customers to need storage in between homes when moving. Whether you’re possession dates don’t line up, you’re waiting for your new home to be constructed, or you’ve sold and you’re still house hunting for your new home, there are a number of situations when you might need storage during the moving process.
This is another instance when using BigSteelBox can be a great option. Rather than moving your stuff to mini storage or a storage locker, you can still take advantage of BigSteelBox’s secure storage and convenient moving services, while saving money at the same time. By choosing to come to the BigSteelBox yard to load or unload your things on one or both ends of your move, you’ll save on delivery and loaded move costs, and still have the option of getting your container delivered later on if you choose.
When You Can’t Have a BigSteelBox Delivered
Not all customers have space for a BigSteelBox to be placed on or near their property for an extended period of time. This can be the case for customers who live in a condo or townhome where there isn’t enough space for our truck to safely delivery a Box, or when strata or community guidelines don’t allow for the placement of the Box near the building.
In this situation, it’s less about saving money and more about convenience and flexibility. Customers can bring their things to the BigSteelBox yard with their vehicle, pack their Box and leave it in storage for as long as they need to. When they are ready to move into their new home, they can pick up their things from our yard or have us deliver their loaded Box to their new home.
If you find yourself in any of these three situations, you could save the cost of delivery or loaded moves if you choose to bring your things to a BigSteelBox store with your own vehicle. Most of our full-service stores are able to accommodate on site loading during our hours of operation with at least 24 hours notice, please contact your Store for details.
5. Keep your Receipts to Claim Moving Expenses at Tax Time
If you or your spouse is moving to a new city for work, or if you are moving to be a full-time student in a post-secondary program that is at least 40km from your former residence, you may be able to claim most of your moving expenses on your annual income tax return.
Most moving expenses are eligible to use as deductions if your move qualifies, but to be sure it’s a good idea to review the Canada Revenue website. Here are just a few examples of eligible moving expenses:
- Costs of using a moving company, renting a moving truck, or hiring professional movers
- Storage required in between your move
- Travel Expenses: including gas, hotel and meals incurred during the move
- Temporary living expenses (up to a maximum of 15 days)
- Costs to maintain your old home while vacant
- Cost of selling your old home, including advertising, notary or legal fees, and real estate commission
- Moving insurance
Be sure you save all your receipts throughout your move and keep them safe until tax time. We recommend consulting with an accountant before submitting your tax return as well to ensure that you are claiming eligible expenses and maximizing your deductions.
Now You're Ready to Save Money on Your Move!
At the end of the day, the best way to save money on your move is to be prepared and organized. Be sure the moving company you choose is up front with costs and charges so there are no surprises at the end. Some companies will advertise a great moving rate or may provide you with a low quote, but be aware that price could change if there are variables in their quote, whether it’s time or date you need to move, the time you’re allowed to have movers on site, or the weight of the contents.
Check out this post to learn more about how moving companies charge: Moving Companies: 9 Things They Are Scared To Tell You
With BigSteelBox, the price we quote you is the price your move with cost. There are never hidden fees. Customer service is our top priority and genuinely care about our customers, so it’s our job to make your move as easy and stress-free as possible.
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